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[a] in taco (was: Re: English syllable structure)

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 11, 2001, 22:23
From: "Tristan Alexander McLeay" <anstouh@...>
> On Sun, 9 Dec 2001, Anton Sherwood wrote: > > > Tristan Alexander McLeay wrote: > > > Ever watched `the Simpsons'? They say /t{ko/ all the time. > > > So, indeed, do most American tv. shows. > > > > taco rhymes with Jacko? <shudder> > > > > maybe i need to watch more tv to monitor the rot. > > Actually, seems I'm wrong. The American /{/ is lower than mine, so I was > already accounting for that and what was really [a] I ended up hearing as > [{]. But that doesn't alter the fact that everyone here `knows' Americans > say /t{ko/ for `taco'.
As I think about it, I think that [a] is rather more common around here than in just "taco". It may be that [a] is an allophone of /A/ in America, but of /&/ in Australia, hence the odd assignment? *Muke!